Edward Francis Anhalt

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Edward F. Anhalt
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Edward Francis Anhalt

(1946-02-19) February 19, 1946 (age 74)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Years active1995–present
OrganizationBanking on Kids
Spouse(s)Beverly Belfer[1]
ChildrenLexie Anhalt[1]

Edward Francis Anhalt is a professor, event promoter in the Milwaukee area, and founder of Banking on Kids, a company that promotes fiscal responsibility in elementary and middle school students.

Early life[edit]

Edward Francis Anhalt was born to Jack and Sadye (née Moskol) Anhalt.[2] Anhalt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a doctoral degree from Rutgers University.[3] Anhalt taught at Muhlenberg College,[3] and also taught as a professor of business at Cardinal Stritch University[4] and presently is Dean of Education at International University for Graduate Studies.[5]


Banking on Kids[edit]

Anhalt is the president of Banking On Kids,[6] a company that helps K-8 students become fiscally prudent by opening student-run-banks in their schools.[7] Founded in 1995 by Anhalt,[8][9] his initiatives represented an example of local banks becoming involved in elementary and middle school education: In 1999, the organization started programs in 75 schools with the help of 15 banks in the Milwaukee area. The program, which is curricular-driven, sets many goals for students, such as opening their own savings account.[10] Anhalt believes the program is beneficial because it helps students set financial habits early on.[4][11][12] Anhalt has also stated that another goal of the organization is to reduce the use of check-cashing services, which he called "legalized loan sharking."[9] Such services take a significant percentage cut from the value of the check, and Anhalt argues that more emphasis needs to be placed on individuals saving money and using banks.[9]

Event promotion and coordinating[edit]

Under his organization, Just Like Downtown, Anhalt marketed, promoted, and coordinated several promotional events in the Milwaukee area. For instance, he promoted several "best of" contests featuring local foods such as frozen custard, fish frys, and pizza.[3][13] He also organized and promoted the idea for the Park-it Market at County Stadium in 1982, which was a flea market described as "Milwaukee's biggest rummage sale ever." The event attracted 600 sellers and an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 attendees.[14][15] Anhalt was noted for his atypical promotional strategy, such as using WBCS radio as a method to advertise the event.[13]

Anhalt is also responsible for orchestrating or promoting numerous events in the Milwaukee area:

  • Selling sod from the Milwaukee County Stadium following the 1982 World Series,[16]
  • The Milwaukee Amusement Players Expo, a video game convention,[17]
  • Originating the annual Milwaukee Math Game events in 1993 while a consultant at the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust.[18]
  • Originating the annual Milwaukee Reading Promise Game in 1999 while a consultant at the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust.[19]

He previously served as the development manager for the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture,[20] Marketing Director for the King Solomon Mines in Eilat, Israel,[21] and Education Consultant for the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust.[22] In 2010, Anhalt ran for County Executive of Milwaukee County.[23][24]


  • Anhalt, Edward F. (2003). Raise Your GPA 1 Full Grade. iUniverse. ISBN 0595246451.


  1. ^ a b "Obituaries". Tucson Region. Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "Funeral Notices". Tucson Region. Arizona Daily Star. June 19, 2007. p. B5. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Kloss, Gerals (February 23, 1983). "How the professor became a promoter". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Mader, Becca (November 24, 2002). "Lessons in personal finances". The Business Journal. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Edward F. Anhalt". International University. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "About Dr. Anhalt". Banking On Kids. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Information for Parents & Educators". Banking on Kids. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  8. ^ John Hackett (July 1, 2000). "Banks Toy Around With Burgeoning Kids Market". Bank Technology News. 14 (7): 1. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c Justin Dullum (April 15, 2002). "Banking on Kids helps develop savvy skills for saving money in Wisconsin". Northwestern Financial Review. 287 (8): 26. Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  10. ^ "Department enhances Bank's community role". Bank Notes (Federal Reserve, Kansas City): 2–3. December 2003.
  11. ^ McMillan, Alex Frew. "Start your kids saving early". CNNMoney. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  12. ^ Turning Kids into Good Consumers and Employees, b3:Build Better Business, pp. 18–19, January/February 1999
  13. ^ a b Begel, Dave (June 6, 1982). "Leave it to Begel". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  14. ^ Gauger, Michael (June 6, 1982). "Bergains are hit of Stadium day". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  15. ^ Gillesepie, Scott (June 7, 1982). "Buyers, sellers sold on market in Stadium lot". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  16. ^ "Bottled Brewers' sod has supervisor fizzling". The Milwaukee Sentinel. October 29, 1982. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  17. ^ "WLPX AMUSEMENT PLAYERS EXPO". Replay Magazine. March 27, 1983. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  18. ^ Jo Sandin (April 19, 1998). "Math Game Prizes Add Up Packers Tickets, Computer Among Premiums For Contest That Begins Monday". News. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 1.
  19. ^ Geeta Sharma-Jensen (January 24, 1999). "New Reading Contest Aims To Improve Students' Scores – The Reading Game". News. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 1.
  20. ^ "Parks position is awarded to local promoter". The Milwaukee Sentinel. January 3, 1991. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  21. ^ "A 'fantasy' for Israel". The Milwaukee Journal. November 26, 1989. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  22. ^ Sharma-Jensen, Geeta (January 24, 1999). "New reading contest aims to improve students' scores". Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  23. ^ Steve Schultze (December 1, 2010). "Educator wants to lead county". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  24. ^ Steve Schultze (December 8, 2010). "Milwaukee County hopefuls wait and see on sidelines". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2012.